ISN?T it good to finally get a few wins back on the board after four losses in a row? I thought I was going to have to hand out the words to the club song again it?s been that long since we?ve heard it. All three grades against Souths Logan at home was a good way to get the momentum rolling (hopefully).
Next assignment Easts at Langlands Park in the lower grades and the Young Guns in Cairns for the top graders. Let?s just say the lower grades didn?t go the way we planned. Both coaches were bitterly disappointed with their chargers efforts. From all reports they went there with big talk but when it came time they couldn?t walk the walk and surrended without much of a fight which is not like us at all and not how their coaches played.
As you know the old saying what goes on tour stays on tour but here are a few stories from up in Cairns. My spies tell me it was great game to watch it had everything good tries, punishing defence and a few stinks. Some people love to see flashy backs scoring long distance tries but I don?t mind seeing two blokes going one on one in a slugfest, usually nobody gets to hurt and as long as there is no cheap shots. I wish I was up there to see to see Jaiman Lowe and Danny Burke go at it. I?ve been asked by Grant Flugge not to let it be known he was toweled up in a fight by the little North Queensland half back Nathan Fein so I won?t.
As many of you know the Redcliffe Leagues Club purchased the Kangaroos Leagues Club in Cairns and they had a bit of a shin dig up there Friday Night. And as usual our Red and White supporters made the trip but it seems the Cairns weather didn?t agree with some of them or was it the wine by all reports there was a few sore heads the next day. Another funny incident happened everybody was at the ground and in the sheds getting ready for the game when a player said where?s Yatesy (Peter Yates) I need a rub, nobody found him it turns out Peter laid down for a sleep and slept past the bus departure time but he made to the ground in time for warm up time. I don?t know what Pete was more upset at, the fact nobody noticed him missing on the bus or that he had he pay the cab fare to the ground. From time to time when the travels the players are asked for autographs but I believe a first happened in Cairns when CEO James Hinchey was spotted signing autographs, it must have been from the national TV coverage he?s been getting lately or maybe because of his crooked nose they thought he was a player as was so kindly pointed out to everyone on A Current Affair.
I am dirty I didn?t go on this on trip it meant somebody had to do my normal job of checking the local drinking establishments for good spots for the team to go to on the Saturday night after the game. From what I hear it was a very extensive search they done.
All in all one weekend doesn?t make a season so the lower grades can still bounce back and the top grade know they still have plenty of work to do to be a force in the competition. Let?s hope next home game July 4 vs Brothers-Valleys we get a big home crowd. Wynnum and Burleigh are now both ahead of us for crowds who get behind their sides and in tight spots both those sides lifted against us and got home by two points, so don?t think it doesn?t make a difference.
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ANOTHER month has passed us by and well let?s just say we aren?t going as well as this time last month with disappointing losses at home to the Comets and Tigers. But there has been some positives the good form of Joel Barnes and the first grade debuts of Nathan Black, Liam Georgetown and Mark Brown I?m sure all the boys will be better off for the run. Also well done to Kramer (Damien Richters) on breaking the Queensland Cup point scoring record held by John Wishire.
It?s also good to see Daniel Jones string a few games together the marsh mellow man as he was so unkindly tagged by his team mates is starting to get back to playing the footy we know he can.
With the rep season approaching us we can expect a few guys to be named in the sides although I suspect a few of our Queensland Cup players have played themselves out these sides in the last month. Congratulations to Gavin Cooper and Charlie Vis they are both in the Queensland under 19 side that is playing the curtain raiser to Origin One. So go out and kick some dirty, rotten, stinking cockroach butt boys.
I have told you in previous months how I like to get on the net and travel through cyberspace. And I told you about a dolphins website I found http://redcliffe.leagueunlimited.com they had a competition to name the best Dolphins side since the inception of the Broncos in 1988. I bet Neil Wharton wouldn?t mind this side running out on the paddock for him especially the number 7. The side they come up with was Adam Mogg, Trent Leis, Ricky McGrady, Steve Cherry, Bevan Canning, Trevor Benson, PETER ROBINSON, Grant Cleal, Waverley Stanley, Troy Lindsay, Ian Graham, James Hinchey, Craig Spark Interchange Russell Lahiff, Shawn Rubesaame, Luke Scott and Tom O?Reilly. Now I?m feeling sick just thinking about getting bashed in the first 20 minutes by Cow, Crusher, Iggy then when they get tired on comes Rusty, Ruby and Cranky I reckon a few opposition forwards would develop side steps in a hurry.
I have been calling on the fans to get to home games for the last few months and well after the last two efforts dished up I don?t blame you for not turning up and walking away in big numbers during the game but please stick solid grab a mate and bring them along, have a few coldies get in the pen and get behind the boys we will turn it around and there?s nothing better than a parochial home crowd behind you to do that. At every ground we go to we cop it from the other teams supporters let?s make Dolphin Oval a graveyard for visiting sides again.
ANOTHER month has quickly passed and the boys are sitting on top of the Queensland Cup table. And with the three wins last weekend we also move back to the top of the club championship. It?s something that the Redcliffe Club unashamedly puts a lot of work into winning. We are very proud of the fact that we have won nine out of the last ten years and I hope we can bring it home again.
As I write this we are preparing for a very tough match against Toowoomba in Toowoomba. Last week Tweed Heads came to play and had us a bit off our game but the boys stuck to their guns and came with the two points. I was pretty confident we could bring it home.
Toowoomba vs Redcliffe always seems to have that little bit extra in them, often very physical encounters. It will be a huge test for the Dolphins but one I think we can pass and bring it home. There is talk of us going through the season undefeated which is very premature and hasn?t originated out our camp. Personally I can?t see it happening, it would be great if it did but I just can?t see it. What?s that old saying ?With each win you are one game closer to a loss?.
I mentioned last month about Juilo?s and nerds, yes I did pinch it from the Aussie cricket side. We are trying to work out who to make captain of the Julio?s it?s a toss up between Shane Perry, David Simpson and Grant Flugge the skipper will selected by who uses the most product in his hair. I think Simmo might bring it home.
A new Rugby League commentating star is born I?ve hundreds no thousands of letters, emails and phone calls about my interview on TV with Warren Boland after half time on ABC last weekend. Most from my mates bagging me but I tell you there was still a lot of fan mail, trust me I?m car salesman would I lie to you. I?m heading to the top watch out Fatty and Sterlo I?m gunning for you. Many of the calls said it was one of the most entertaining chats they?ve heard with Warren that they have ever heard. Most of the bagging I seemed to cop came from my good mate Iggy Graham who was on me like seagull to a hot chip about me saying ?we?ll bring it home? all the time, I think Iggy could be a bit mistaken I don?t say it that that often just check this column.
With the rep season approaching and already the club feeling the effects of a big injury toll the boys need you at our games cheering them on. As I?ve said many times before Dolphin Oval is one of the best grounds in Queensland to play at with vocal home crowd behind you it really does lift you and drive you to want to win.
Remember is little saying ?Redcliffe Our City the Dolphins Our Team?
Well all good things come to an end and no I don?t mean this column I mean my holidays after 4 weeks of eating, drinking, drinking, eating, drinking and more drinking whoops that should be mowing the lawn, doing the gardening and sharpening the mower blades. I?m trying to turn my garden shed into one of those like on the Carlton Midstrength adds on TV, gees I hope the misses isn?t reading this. I?m heading back to work so if you are looking for the best deal on the Peninsula for a new or used car pop out to Keystar and see one of the team. And tell them Robbo sent you.
WELL another month has passed by and we are into the season proper now. In what promises to be the best Queensland Cup season yet, plenty of people are keen to write off the boys in red and white. But so far so good as the boys are two from two.
And what about the form of young Gavin Cooper he starred in the trials against Ipswich and Toowoomba and then again in his first grade debut against Wynnum when he picked up the players player award. I reckon Danny Burke and Ben Jones will be looking over their shoulders.
It has been a mixed a start for the lower grades with the Colts one and one and the reggies none from two. The reggies had the game for the taking against Wynnum but just couldn?t finish it off. I know coach Bertie was pretty disappointed after the Wynnum game after they put in a good showing against Norths. Crusher seems to have a very talented group of youngsters once again. As soon as they get used to the rigors of senior footy they will be very hard to beat.
There are a few characters developing in the club early in the season this year we seem to splitting into the Julio?s and the nerds. The Julio?s are the pretty boys and are pretty easy to spot they are the ones putting gel in their hair after games and getting dressed up to the nines while the nerds they don?t bother with combs and are more at home in a pair of thongs and t-shirts.
It was just awesome sitting back looking at the size of the crowd at the Roosters vs Broncos game. I?d say there were 11,000 at the game easily but we were bought back to earth pretty quickly with the next home game against Wynnum when a very poor crowd turned up. It seems people expect us to be successful and aren?t bothering to turn up like they used to. I can remember back to 1994 when we hadn?t won a premiership in a long time against the Crushers. There must?ve been 3 to 4,000 there that day and with 12 men we got up for unlikely victory. And I still remember Morgo up on the hill urging the crowd to get behind the boys and they did and I can say it was the crowd that got us home that day. It was just magic the pig pen was in full voice and I?d like to see it get back to that. So if you go to footy grab a mate who hasn?t been in a while and take them along you won?t get better value for money at footy game.
Being a man of the world like I am I keep up to date with a lot of things on the internet and no before you ask I don?t know any of those x rated sites. But I stumbled across a good site on the Redcliffe Dolphins the address is http://redcliffe.leagueunlimited.com there is plenty of information on the site, so next time your out there in cyber space go to the site and add it to your favourites. The webmasters show the highest standard of taste by including this column on the site and I?m told it will even get better. They even have a competition to name the best Dolphin side since the inception of the Broncos in 1988. So if you enter the comp and when it comes to halfback I?m sure you?ll all do the right thing and pick me won?t you.
Well I?ll let you go now and remember if you want the best deal on a new or used car on the Peninsula pop out and see the Keystar team and you won?t be disappointed.
Until next month
WELL the ref has blown his whistle and we?ve had our trial games. Against Brothers Valleys coach Wharton decided to play a young side leaving out twelve regular first graders and we went down to the two blues. Then a week later the boys travelled to Ipswich to take on the Jets in three grades in very hot conditions with first grade getting away with 24-14 victory.
By the time you read this the big NRL trial game at Dolphin Oval would have been played hopefully in fine weather and with a full house. And hopefully we would?ve rolled Toowoomba and Wests in the lead up games,
I must say the boys are looking fit, the sadistic David Simpson is putting the guys through some torrid fitness sessions even the fossils, whoops I mean veterans Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr and Brian Jellick are running around like 19 year olds again.
Footballers are known to have strange sense of humours and just look at their nicknames for proof. Some people have simple nicknames like me while others are more creative. One of the more interesting ones is Marijan Harris ?The Croatian sensation?. One of the new colts Blake Harwood has picked up the nicknames of Hollywood or JJ (Junior Jones). It seems young Blake loves nothing more than taking his shirt off and asking if his hair is ok when a young lady walks past. Then there is Penalty Pete Delaivuna who got that nickname after giving away a few penalties during last season. Daniel Jones has picked up a new nickname as well it?s something about one week in four weeks out. While his brother Ben has picked up Joe Dirt as a nickname after turning up to training with new mullet hair cut not that there is anything wrong with them I even sported one for a while.
The premiership proper starts in a few weeks with our first game against neighbours Norths in the ABC match of the day on Saturday the 13th. There is nothing better as player than playing in front of big crowds that are vocal and passionate. Wynnum seems to be the top of the tree with crowd support and I think we can we do better so why don?t you do yourself a favour get along to a game at Dolphin and cheer the boys along, I know they would appreciate it and it?s a good cheap day out. Some people say the local comp isn?t any good since the Broncos came in but I beg to differ it?s a very strong competition and you?ll see good footy every week. From the old days the names may have changed but the game is still the same. So get along and cheer tomorrow?s stars today.
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